If you’re like us, you may have eaten your weight in chocolate this past week! Instead of feeling guilty about our indulgences, we decided to look into what actually makes dark chocolate healthy!
Dark chocolate is not only rich in delicious cocoa flavor, but it is quite nutritious! Dark chocolate contains high numbers of fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese and other minerals that are great for a healthy diet. The stars of dark chocolate are the antioxidants, specifically polyphenols & flavanols, that increase blood flow which contributes to lowering blood pressure, improve cognitive functions in intellect and memory, and even help with UV protection for our skin.
Dark chocolate boasts many heart healthy benefits and that’s because epicatechin, one of the compounds that makes cocoa bitter, improves the flexibility of the arteries which in turn leads to lower blood pressure and a reduced number of clot-forming platelets. This means it actually reduces the risk of strokes and heart disease!
Other great benefits to dark chocolate include energy boosts from the epicatechin that amplify your cells’ mitochondrial functions, improved mood from cocoa butter fats that contribute to releasing endorphins, and better utilization of insulin in people who are diabetic from the flavanols.